The Carnivorous Plant FAQ Field Trip Report -

Apalachicola National Forest in 2010

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Losing light!
Evening was now bearing upon us, and with it we started getting a little evening wind. The Sarracenia flava started shuffling in the breeze, so I couldn't photograph them anymore. So instead I took a few last photographs of these great S. psittacina plants---being shorter they were not so affected by the moving air.

The patch was rather large.

Just as we finished taking photographs, I saw a car on the nearby road come to a halt. Its inhabitants watched us for a moment, then got out of the car and started into the field towards us.

Who were they? They were obviously determined to talk to us about something---it takes a significant amount of motivation to make someone get out of their car, and fight their way to you through the vegetation and muck. In the best case it could be someone who is enthusiastic and interested; sometimes it is law enforcement checking up on you; but sometimes it is some obstreperous good ol' boys lookin' fer raisin' hell. You never know.

Imagine my relief when it turned out to be the German carnivorous plant enthusiasts Robert Gieseler and his father! After exchanging a pleasant introductions, I learned that they had very little time on their hands, so (since they did not know about the nearby Sarracenia flava var. rubricorpora) we jumped in our car and led them to the red-tubed pitcher plant field.

It is always a joy to share the love!

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Revised: June 2010
©Barry Rice, 2005